Director: Wes Craven
What's a credible zombie movie list without some good old-fashioned voodoo? Rather than follow the George A. Romero template of once-buried corpses rising from their graves to munch on flesh, Wes Craven's sadly overlooked 1988 creeper The Serpent and the Rainbow takes the idea of the walking dead back to its island roots.
Bill Pullman stars as a Harvard researcher who travels to Haiti on assignment, tasked with investigating the validity of voodoo resurrecting the dead and its possible connection to an important medical drug. Of course, once he's there, Pullman's character's hopes of enjoying a nice, intellectually stimulating visit are quickly dashed, giving way to a series of trippy hallucinogenic sequences and some of Craven's best moments of behind-the-camera work.